Let me preface by saying what I mention below is my experience alone. It's not advice.
I was diagnosed with left sided UC a few weeks ago. Looking back, I had experienced a mild flare during the summer over a 2 month period. When I became concerned, I began to eat a little healthier and noticed a corresponding minimal improvement in my symptoms.
When I factor in my prior unhealthy eating/drinking habits, my weight peaking at an all time high over the summer and stress from large amounts of overtime at work over the past two years, I can't help but question if lifestyle factors contributed to the emergence of my colitis. Maybe it was an accumulative effect of these factors that pushed my body over some threshold it could no longer handle. Or this disease's appearance was random and it was going to happen or get triggered by something sooner or later. I don't know.
Anyway, since my colonoscopy and diagnosis, I've been eating extremely healthy. Basically, I am following IBD AID to about
95% since I consume minimal amounts of dairy such as skim milk, Greek yogurt and kefir for probiotics. Besides that, 100% compliant. I prepare all of my meals from scratch, except the aforementioned dairy. If I cook something, it is with olive or coconut oil. Haven't tried butter yet. Essentially, lots of water, oats, fruits, vegetables, spices, oils, fish and some almond or oat flour based breads. The entirety of my foods and recipes are small in scale at the moment. I plan to incorporate additional foods slowly but want to stay strict with my current foods for at least a month before adding more.
Overtime hours at work have been significantly reduced as well. Ultimately, I'm trying to reduce the factors that I believe have placed strain on my body.
This has worked for me, thus far. 1-2 normal looking bowel movements a day, no urgency, no blood, etc. It has been 3 months since my worst symptoms. Now, I do experience minimal stomach cramps periodically but they seem to be slowly going away. I am monitoring their duration and intensity to see if there is a link between when they occur and the foods I eat. I document everything I eat and track bowel movements and their appearances.
I believe what I eat has a major influence on my body. Maybe my strong belief
is causing some beneficial placebo effect. Hell, I'll take it. I'm not saying I'm right. This approach feels right for me, and I can't deny it. Back to food having a big impact on the body. Since my early 20s, for over ten years, I've had consistently high blood pressure. It normally would run 140s/low 90s, even while taking the highest dosage of Losartan. I always exercised a lot (30-50 mile bike rides, 3-5 mile hikes multiples times per week) but continually ate like crap and the blood pressure remained elevated. In just two weeks of eating healthy and with minimal exercise, my BP is now routinely in the 110s/70s. This is radical for me. This change just further influences my belief that food can influence large positive or negative changes on the body.
Again, as others have mentioned, IBD affects everyone differently. This is a very personal disease and treatment strategies, such as diet modifications, and their outcomes vary greatly. Just my thoughts.
Post Edited (moedank) : 12/14/2018 10:50:00 AM (GMT-7)